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Luke Machin announces Francis Dunnery as new guest on upcoming solo album

Luke Machin
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Maschine guitarist Luke Machin has announced that former It Bites frontman Francis Dunnery and Steve Hackett bassist Jonas Reingold have joined the growing list of impressive guests to feature on his upcoming solo album Soulshine.

They join a list that includes The Aristocrats guitarist Guthrie Govan, drummer Marco Minnemann and Damanek multi-instrumentalist Marek Arnold.

"It Bites were the biggest influential band on me growing up and the fact that they had a sound of their own with contrapuntal offbeat rhythms, chopping and changing with R'n'B flavours, infectious catchy pop melodies delivered in a pop/rock package coupled with Francis’ and (John Beck’s) stage presence at live shows, for a young aspiring musician it was the perfect role model," enthuses Machin.

"It has been a monumental blast to have worked with him throughout that time and to have the unconscious teaching that went with it all, it has put me in good stead for the next chapter of my musical career and hugely look forward to the next ride with him and the guys. Now for me to have him on my debut album is just awesome, it’s undeniably Francis when you hear it."

Work on Soulshine is ongoing and Machin is funding the album through pre-orders via his website. These come in three different pay levels. "Soulshine has a summer vibe to it so I hope to release it sometime in the middle of the year," he says.

Pre-order Soulshine.

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.